The annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a program of LHPAI  providing provocative films and works about the African American experience from independent filmmakers. The festival features panel discussions, screenplay readings, matinee screenings for middle and high school youth and in-depth chats with filmmakers, industry professionals and local community leaders.

The festival is run by a core of committed community volunteers under the direction of Jacqueline Moscou, Langston Hughes’ artistic director. The event is the culmination of a year’s worth of community collateral-building through a series of smaller events that provide audiences with unique cinematic and filmmaking opportunities, resulting in the community-wide film festival.

The festival began in 2004 as a weekend series and has grown to nine days of film, workshops, filmmaker events and community celebrations. Films are selected from entries screened by panels and curated from current and vintage offerings worldwide. The festival takes pride in finding independent film that is by or about Black people from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world and in our own backyard.

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is proud to be a founder of a collective of film festival organizers who work together to build capacity and promote film appreciation in the greater Seattle area. Seattle is a film lover’s paradise with a variety of film-going opportunities and festivals including Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, the Northwest Asian Film Festival, the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, the Science Fiction Film festival, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the Polish Film Festival and the nation’s largest film festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, to name a few.

Tom Keogh of CrossCut has stated that “the African American Film Festival is a fine example of community-based exhibition.”

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Many of the films in the festival are recommended by folks like you. We are always looking for new ideas, leads and information on films, filmmakers and happenings in the industry. Contact us!